Eight Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science students were selected to serve on the Mississippi Student Advisory Council for the 2020-2021 academic year. 

The following MSMS students will serve as council members for up to two school year terms: 

  1. Kayla Riley 
  2. Chloe Sharp 
  3. Lauren Hood 
  4. Kennedy Willis 
  5. Shelby Tisdale 
  6. Shanay Desai 
  7. Amy Zhang 
  8. Dalton Rainer

More than 300 students from across the state applied for membership on the council and 163 were selected. They will join the more than 70 students who were selected in 2019.

Students from different backgrounds, school size and regions in Mississippi will be able to share their opinions and offer advice about educational opportunities and policy in Mississippi with Dr. Carey Wright, state superintendent of education.

“I thoroughly enjoyed meeting with such smart, insightful students last year, and I’m looking forward to hearing from our new members on issues of importance to them,” Wright said. “The public-school students of our state are our clients, and we need to ensure that we provide them with the opportunities they need to be successful. The council also allows students, who wouldn’t normally have the chance to interact, to talk with peers in different areas of our state.”

The council’s purpose is to provide a forum for Mississippi’s students to offer diverse perspectives to Wright. The selected students will act as liaisons between MDE and public-school students from across the state.

Council meetings will be held twice during the school year. To learn more, visit